Last year, my parents established a new tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving in Vegas. They invited me to go but I had already booked a trip for mid-November and was dying to take a solo trip so I kept those plans. I had a lot of fun on that solo trip but if I knew how much fun this would be, I would’ve done it a year ago. It was my first winning trip – by $90 – but that is only part of why I enjoyed it. It was a great trip – I’ve felt that pretty much every trip I’ve taken to Vegas has been the best yet and I feel that way this time too. We made tentative plans for this way back in May before my last trip and I went ahead and booked a room at Planet Hollywood for $28/night to have as a placeholder. My parents weren’t 100% they were going to be able to do it again this year and therefore weren’t sure where they would stay. When the trip became a sure thing, they booked at Caesars which is tied for their favorite place along with Venetian. I figured I’d join them even if it would be a bit more than I’d like to spend, worth it to be able to meet them for drinks in the lobby beforehand and all that. As it turns out, I re-booked after my June trip which was my heaviest gambling trip yet and needless to say, I liked what I saw. I checked Caesars when I initially booked and even the Forum Tower (apparently the base room) was for almost $100/night. Now I’m TR Platinum and I signed in and got Palace Tower for $68/night. More than PH, but that’s one hell of a deal in my opinion. Even factoring in those dreaded resort fees, that’s $113/night for what is pretty damn close to a 5 star hotel. Parents handled the flights and I was thrilled to hear that we were early in and early out. Southwest flights from Fort Lauderdale to Vegas are usually later in the day for both. I love getting there early, an extra full day in Vegas with the whole trip in front of you. The last day to me is not as fun since I have to constantly be checking my watch and am limited in what I can do and how much weed I can smoke/eat. Plus, later flights from Vegas get into Lauderdale near midnight if they’re on time and that’s no fun. So this was the best of all worlds and of course we all had Early Bird seating. My total “sin budget” for the trip was $2500 – this includes gambling and weed. I was prepared to spend $500 on weed and $400/day on gambling. My parents are VERY moderate gamblers (or so I thought…) and I knew I’d be spending a lot of time with them so didn’t budget as much for gambling. Ironic that it turned out to be my first winning trip! I have LOVED live reporting my solo trips – it is a way for me to pause and take stock of how freaking cool whatever I’m doing is and I also love looking at it afterwards and using that to help plan my next trip. It also helps me keep control of my gambling budget, though I figured out a simpler way to do that. However when I am there with people, I don’t like to be on my phone at all so wasn’t going to do it live this time. I will be posting this by day. Don’t want to type it all on my phone so I’ll post the update then a bunch of photos from that day to follow. Hope you enjoy and get a sense of how much we enjoyed!